Ever wondered what is the most important city on earth? Well.. London! At least according to last Mori Memorial Foundation’s report. Their 2016 Global Power City Index in fact sets London as the most powerful city in the world for the fifth year in a row.
The total score is calculated on 6 main areas accounting 70 parameters : Economy, R&D, Culture, Livability, Environment and Accessibility; London with the first place in Culture and Accessibility secures the overall top scores of 1511.5, followed on the podium by New York (best for R&D) with 1384.7 and Tokyo (N. 1 for Economy) 1338.5.
Others cities worth to mention are Paris with a remarkable 4th place, Vienna 10th despite a smaller economy and not being a metropolis and Frankfurt 11th but best scorer in the Environment sector.
The only weak point of top cities seems to be livability both London and New York along with Singapore (5th) have poor results when speaking of cost and ease of living, working environment and security.
The challenge for next years, for such cities, will thus be find new solution to housing crisis and quality of work and working places.
Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies: http://www.mori-m-foundation.or.jp